*Some of the terms below can have multiple meanings. The definitions given reflect the majority of uses.
lit (adj.) – awesome or super fun and is often used in conjunction with our next word
fam (n.) – group of friends or people that you are close to
tbh (phrase.) – abbreviation meaning to be honest
YAS! (exclamation.) – a phrase you exclaim when you really approve of or are excited about something // can be emphasized by adding extra “a” in the middle. For example, “YAAAAAS!”
V. (adv.) – abbreviation for the word “very”
#ootd (phrase.) – abbreviation for the outfit of the day usually found on fashion blogs or social media accounts
woke (adj.) – to be aware of cultural events
extra (adj.) – to be excessive or over the top
shade (v.) – to show disrespect for someone // keep in mind, the phrase appropriate to use is often to “throw shade” at someone
bougie (adj.) – extravagant, classy, high-dollar
low key (adj.) – to keep something discreet
salty (adj.) – frustrated or upset
savage (n.) or (v.) – for someone to be or for someone to do something without remorse, regard or fear. To be ruthless.
GOAT (adj.) – abbreviation meaning greatest of all time
We can’t promise you that you will sound cool using the above language when talking to members of Gen Z (aka your son or daughter and his or her friends).
What we can promise you is that even with a totally different language and a few years in between, you have much to offer Gen Z and we have a ton to learn from them.
Simply seek to understand, be present and be yourself. Above any trend, these three things will always be meaningful and always be relevant.